University of Tennessee Signs Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE)

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) has proclaimed support for open-access publishing of journal articles by signing the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE). UT is the eighteenth institution to join a roster of signatories that includes Harvard, Duke, Sloan-Kettering, and other preeminent research institutions.

Open-access publishing is an alternative to the prevailing business model of subscription-based journal publishing. Open-access journals are freely available online to researchers, scholars, and the public worldwide.

COPE was formed in 2009 to encourage equity of the two models of journal publishing.

For universities, open-access publishing offers several advantages over the traditional model. Open access insures that research and scholarly work will be broadly disseminated and discovered. Scholarly work and research results are published online, through journals and institutional digital repositories, and made immediately available to the millions of people around the world who have access to the Internet.

Open-access publishing also allows authors to retain copyrights in their own scholarly work rather than ceding copyrights to a commercial publisher.

Commercial publishers play a valuable role in the cycle of scholar communication. However, in recent decades inflation in costs of subscription-based journals has consumed an every larger portion of university libraries’ collections budgets.

“Open-access publishing offers an attractive and viable alternative to the scenario of ever-increasing journal subscription fees,” says Steve Smith, UT’s dean of libraries. Publication costs for open-access journals are borne on the front end by sponsoring organizations or through author fees (article processing charges) rather than subscription fees charged to the end user. “We are proud that UT’s Open Publishing Support Fund has, since 2008, been subsidizing publication in open-access journals,” declares Smith. The Fund, a project of the university libraries and the office of research and engagement, has to date underwritten the publication of 79 open-access articles by 48 faculty and graduate student authors.

The University of Tennessee has long had a policy of supporting and funding open-access publishing. A decade ago, a group of UT life sciences faculty requested that the university provide incentives for faculty to publish in open-access journals. The UT Faculty Senate endorsed the Tempe Principles for Emerging Systems of Scholarly Publishing in 2003 and passed a resolution in May 2006 endorsing administrative incentives to encourage faculty publication in alternative scholarly outlets.

“Joining COPE confirms the university’s commitment to a new culture of scholarly communication,” according to Taylor Eighmy, UT’s vice chancellor for research and engagement. “For tenure and promotion decisions, ‘peer-reviewed’ is ‘peer-reviewed,’ whether on paper or online. The ultimate goal is to create and disseminate new knowledge. Sharing UT’s research and scholarship is central to our mission as a land-grant institution.”

Writers in the Library Event Brings Together Renowned Poets

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***Update: Sadly, Arthur Smith will have to miss this event due to family concerns.***

MarilynKalletTwo UT faculty members will read at UT’s Writers in the Library and launch their new books on April 15th at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium. Dr. Marilyn Kallet, director of UT’s Creative Writing Program, and Arthur Smith, professor of English, are established poets and major American authors.

The reading is historic in that both Smith and Kallet have new books out at the same time and will be doing a reading together. In their most recent works, they incorporate a variety of poems about love, life and loss through their crisp, clean writing styles and expressive personalities.

ArtSmithKallet and Smith will read from their recently published books: The Love That Moves Me and The Fortunate Era, respectively.

“This is a rare and special treat,” Chris Hebert, the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence at the UT Libraries said. “Any new book is a memorable occasion, but to have two new books simultaneously — one from each of the beloved poets on our faculty — is a cause for celebration!”

Kallet and Smith have won prestigious awards for their poetry. Smith has received two Pushcart Prizes and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, while Kallet has received the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry, written 16 books and performed internationally.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Library Guru to Speak: “It’s Time to Think BIGGER”

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Library guru/blogger/technology expert Carl Grant will speak at the UT Libraries on the challenges facing academic libraries. His theme at the talk on Monday, April 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium will be “Budgets, staffing and collections getting smaller? It’s time to think BIGGER.” The campus community and the public are invited.

Grant has a unique perspective on university libraries, having held positions in academic librarianship as well as senior executive positions in a number of library-automation companies. His articles in the library literature and on his blog ( address the intersection of new technologies and the values inherent in librarianship. He routinely publishes prescriptions for updating the librarian’s role in the academy.

Grant was recently named to the newly created position of Associate Dean for Knowledge Services and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Oklahoma Libraries, Norman. Prior to that appointment, he was both an independent consultant in library and information science and the Executive Advisor to the Dean of Libraries at Virginia Tech Libraries. He was Chief Librarian of the Ex Libris Group during 2011 and President of Ex Libris North America from July 2008 through 2010. He served on the board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), where he held offices as treasurer and chair. Under his leadership, NISO underwent a transformation that resulted in a revitalized library standards organization. In recognition of his contribution to the library industry, Library Journal named Grant an industry notable.

Dean Hires “A New Breed of Leadership”

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NewADs1UT dean of libraries Steve Smith today announced a sweeping reorganization of the Libraries’ executive staff. Amid rumors of fractiousness and insubordination in the administrative suite, Smith has fired and replaced the Libraries’ three former associate deans.

Smith characterizes his newly hired team of associate deans as “a new breed of leadership for the UT Libraries. I anticipate that Ady, our new associate dean for scholarly communication and research services, will shepherd the UT Libraries into a new era of scholarly performance. Ricky Bobby, associate dean for collections, is known to be tenacious in pursuit of his goals, yet service-oriented. And I anticipate that Hank Jr., my new executive associate dean, will be a trustworthy and loyal companion.”

In brief telephone interviews, ousted top officers begged to differ. “I was hounded from office,” said former AD for collections Sandra Leach. Former AD for scholarly communication Holly Mercer claimed that even well justified criticism had been muzzled. “I was simply labeled disloyal and willful,” Mercer stated. Former executive associate dean Rita Smith had only biting disdain for replacement Hank Jr.: “Loyal companion? He’s a bootlicker, a jester!”

Despite these dogged recriminations, dean of libraries Steve Smith was forbearing in his response: “I just want to wish everyone a HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!”